Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Franziskaner Hefe-WeisseFranziskaner Hefe-Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany
franziskaner-weissbier.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-13-2001

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3,942
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Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
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Photo of stumac
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BostonHops
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a pale, hazy yellow with a just shy of 2 fingers' head; solid retention and leaves some noteworthy lacing.

nose offers predominantly banana with citrus (mainly lemon), clove, and yeast evident. flavor follows with a nice balance of banana, lemon, clove, wheat, and spice.

crisp, light-medium bodied mouthfeel with relatively high carbonation. high grade drinkability, something i would easily be inclined to session - especially in the warmer months. not a style i generally spend a whole lot of time with, but this guy is one of the better hefeweizens i have sampled.

original review on: 08-24-2010

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Photo of Sheldon
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A yellowish brown haze color with a foamy white lasting head. It comes to you with a banana scent and a bit of lemon citrus. The taste is somwhat sweet with a hint of spice. Soft carbonation, smooth and very drinkable anytime.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light orange color with a huge head. Unfortunately, retention is fairly poor.

Smell: Really unimpressive in this area, although I remember it smelling better on tap (currently rating the bottle). Some banana and generally funkiness (yeast)

Taste: Banana (dominant but not as strong as in some hefes), lemon, vanilla, and I guess clove (others have helped me find that). Really good, but not the best.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy. Well carbonated.

Overall: This is one of the best, but I argue not the best, hefeweizens out there. However, the relatively low price (under $3 for a pint+ bottle) scores bonus points with me. Additional bonus points awarded in the "overall" category for this brewery's long (we're talking several centuries) of excellence.

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Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can’t believe I’ve never reviewed this beer before. I’ve enjoyed it for years including fresh at the source in Munich.

12 oz green bottle with no freshness dating, but it does have the happy monk rubbing his tummy on the label.

Beer pours a hazy, cloudy burnt yellow with a massive chiffon like head.

The beer smells great. Lots of banana, fresh bread dough and spices (clove, all-spice and pepper). To quote Emril, "happy, happy happy".

The taste is also very good. Can be easily enjoyed with or without the lemon. Beer has a tart refreshing taste of banana and spice and tends to be a bit sour (in a good way). This hefe’s taste seems to coat your mouth like an IPA does and that is very nice.

The mouthfeel seems just about perfect. Steely & biting best describes this beer. Extremely easy to drink. One of all time summer favorites, but it can easily be enjoyed anytime of the year. This is one of the gold standards for this style. Enjoy!

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Photo of tesguino
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Good and special beer, cloudy, double fermentation, yeast, hops, malt and wheat are present in smell; taste fruity, and floral like grassy and herbs; good for mexican haute cuisine, try with pasta and salads; mouthfeel exceptional, well balanced and litlle strong for the palate; 96% recommended.

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Photo of ramseye4
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ever since I went to Germany I've been a Hefeweizen fan, although my first was the Sierra Nevada Hefeweizen, which is one of the best American Hefeweizens out there in my opinion. My interest has waned and risen at different points, but they are usually a very reliable and solid option. I first had Franziskaner in Kiel two years ago and am finally getting around to review it. The beer pours a wheat color (go figure), with a big, rapidly disappearing head moderate lacing. Countless bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass, making it pleasing to the eye. About typical of a Hefeweizen. Aroma is yeast, wheat, banana, some faint spice. Exemplary Hefeweizen aroma. Taste is strong banana, yeast, clove, bready. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, highly carbonated. Drinkability is outstanding, and I can down several of these in succession.

A stellar example of a Hefeweizen

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Photo of BucBasil
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. If I had a Weizen glass I would use that, but alas... Anyway, this one poured a slightly hazy orange with a one and a half finger head that dissipated into a small layer atop the brew for the rest of the time.

Smell: Refreshing, to say the least... Crisp apples are prominent in the nose, along with that classic fresh wheat aroma. A bit of hop apparent as well.

Taste: Different from any other weizen-beir that I've ever had. Very fruity on the tongue. Wheat is not overpowering like in other hefes that I've had. This is incredibly fresh and refreshing (I overuse that word... need to find a new on... it works though...). Incredibly smooth in the finish with not much of an aftertaste to speak of. Simple and pleasant.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Moderate carbonation adds to the light nature of the beer. Nice sensation in the mouth that is very enjoyable. Went down perfectly in the summer heat of a humid Tallahassee night. I'll definitely be picking this one up again this summer.

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Photo of fightingwords
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a tall hefe glass.

A--Very opaque orangish yellow. Has an almost redish tint. Fluffy clean white head 3. Hangs around for a good while but did fall to a thin film. Reasonable lacing. Draws an curious eye from BMC drinkers for sure.

S--Probably the most impressive attribute of this beer is the smell in my opinion. Lots and lots of smooth estery oders. Bananna and cloves are heavy and full. Very intriguing odor, just what I imagine a hefe should smell like.

T--Bold sweetness with a wheaty finish. Round flavor that tastes much like it smells, banannas cloves etc.

M--Medium body that is unwavering. Some carbonation with a slow coating finish.

D--I give it a good because it was just a pleasure to experience this beer. Its an old standby for me at some of the local wet spots. I have had more than 2 pints of this on several occasions but it leaves me feeling full. This is a dessert beer for me in most cases and I only go with one pint or tall bottle.

O--My favorite hefe, hands down, go for it.

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Photo of steveh
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Hazy golden with a perfect Weizen head in foamy white. Head settles a bit quickly.

S -- Citrus, yeasty, clovey, spicy hops mixing with the clove. What more could you ask for to style?

T -- Light bready maltiness with a mix of grainy wheat and clove following up. Blend of spicy hops and citrus flavors in the finish.

M -- Effervescent, yet soft mouthfeel with a light to light medium body.

D -- Outstanding drinkability, a great choice in a Bavarian Hefeweizen.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 4/4/14

A cloudy light orange liquid that gets darker towards the center of the glass, streams of tiny bubbles everywhere, a couple fingers of bone white foam sits around for quite a while but only leaves a thick collar of lace

S banana, bubblegum, clove, cereal and a little citrus, has that straightforward classic smell that you expect from the style

T yeasty banana bread in a glass, again all the classic pieces are in place, a little yeasty compared to the nose but not a big difference

M has some weight to it upon entry and explodes but stops short of foam and creams up completely, slick on the palate with dried banana chips on the finish

O a solid example of the style straight up and down, has the textbook Hefe-Weisse notes from start to finish

I could smash these on a hot day with no problems, a classic Hefe that everyone should try at least once and I might not have known about it if it wasn't for the Beers of Fame list

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Photo of musicjustintime
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 1st Franziskaner. Had a hell of a time with that damn foil. (I think this is a 16oz. bottle.) Anyway, nice pour into a tall glass, with a huge fluffy white cloud of a head. Didn't really want to go away, either. Typical cloudy-orangish color. Smell was nice. Clean and refreshing. Similar to many others of this style, IE: Hoegaarden, which isn't a bad thing. Nothing amazing, but this type of beer isn't intended to "amaze" one. It's intended to refresh, and on this particularly HOTTER THAN HELL DAY here in PA, it does the job quite well. Very nice. Recommended. Cheers and SAAALUTE my BA friends!

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a pale, hazy yellow with a just shy of 2 fingers' head; solid retention and noteworthy lacing. nose is predominantly banana, with citrus (mainly lemon), and yeast evident. flavor is a nice balance of banana, lemon, clove, wheat, and spice... crisp, medium to high carbonation with some chew to it. high grade drinkability, something i would easily be inclined to session. not a style i generally spend a lot of time with, but this guy is one of the better hefeweizens i have sampled.

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Photo of rh0enix
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maundythirsty
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jumped out of the bottom of the glass to an impressive cottony head fed continuously by bubbles treams up though the lightly cloudy golden beer.

There's half a fruit stand in the smell, which is cidery with mellon rind and banana.

Taste carries the wheat twang well with light malty flavors, good banana and spice before running back through the sharp bready wheat and disappearing in a flash.

Loose mouthfeel is almost watery, which draws no complaint from the guy drinking it on a muggy summer night. Sharp carbonation is welcome. Those Germans, they sure can make a weizen. So happy I can pull one of these from the cooler at the neighborhood market.

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Photo of treehugginslug
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Unfiltered, yellow color. Poured into my Franziskaner glass the proper way and swirled out the yeast on top.

S - Great smell of cloves, citris and yeast.

T - Banana taste and cloves.

M - Good carbonation, almost spicy. Very nice.

D - It's a warm day today and I could drink a sixer of this.

Whould I buy it again: Yes
Would I recommend it to a friend: Yes
Would I drink it if I was offered at a party: Yes
Overall: For a hef, this is my go to. Much better than other commercial hefeweizens. Perfect for a warm day.

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Photo of Richie71
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ASymon13
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 1pt. 9oz bottle into a weizen glass, making sure to get as much yeast as possible.

It has a nice big fluffy white head, with some hints of tan, and is a very murky tan with all the yeast.

Aromas of banana and yeasty phenols with a light spicyness are apparent.

The yeast really came through in the taste, just how I wanted it to be. Banana flavors along with some citrus flavors are also there.

The mouthfeel is nice and light, with the carbonation pleasantly sending the nice light bubbles jumping around on the toungue.

It is definitely drinkable and sessionable. Nice and light, it is exactly what I want in a german weissbier.

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Photo of jdoherty
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very lucky find at a bodega in the Bronx. Very thrilled to be able to try a Bavarian Hefe-Weisse for so cheap!

A: Towering frothy head which slowly dissapates with an opaque golden hue, carbon bubbles slowly rising up to the top.

S: A very strong wheat smell, with the hops slowly creeping up behind the wheat odor, not nearly as powerful, but equally pleasant.

T: A taste that almost turns sour as it lingers in your mouth. Hints of malt linger as well but the wheat taste is extremely pleasant, as if the wheat smell transfers directly to the wheat taste upon first sample.

M: A cool, fizzy mouthfeel that dissapates as the head becomes less visible. Extremely smooth, but leaves behind a very nice aftertaste.

D: On a hot day, theres nothing better, and even in the winter time this one just goes down very smooth. I am a biased wheat beer fan, but this is truly one of the best

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Photo of BRB1978
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bditty187
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lovely unfiltered apple cider color with a really thick head, excellent! The smell strikes you as inviting with a combo of banana, yeast, wheat, and spicy cloves. The taste is almost perfect, very complex with its flavors (that match the nose perfectly). It is thick and creamy going down the hatch. I’d drink this all year long… why limit it to the hot-ass summer?

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Photo of Gyorgy
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSarge
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fanziskaner Hefe Weisse has been a mainstay brew of mine since I first was introduced to Hefe Weizens eight years ago. The bold and beautiful pour produces a three finger thick brilliantly white head that protrudes beyond the glass line, along with a medium bodied and slightly hazy brew. Aromas are dominated more so by bubblegum fragrances, but very little banana characteristics. The taste, however, is nothing like the aromas, but are closely parallel to liebkuchen, which is a German Christmas time cookie that has an orangish flavor with ginger. With the massive amounts of carbonation, this is definitely a sipper as apposed to a guzzler. So take it easy and enjoy this Hefe.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of der_meister
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
4.04 out of 5 based on 3,942 ratings.
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